Harris Institute is an internationally recognized leader in audio and music industry education. It offers one-year programs taught by active award winning leaders starting in November, March and July.
The college ranked “best school of its kind” for a 7th year in the 2019 ‘Media Arts Education Report’ and is the only school outside the US in Billboard‘s ‘Top 11 Schools’. It was featured in Mix Magazine’s ‘Audio Education’s Finest’ and Billboard’s ‘Schools That Rock’.
Alumni Allyssa (Roz) Rawes is Technical Director and the Senior Audio Technician at Toronto’s Mod Club Theatre and The Piston. She is an Audio Technician at Westbury National Show Systems and teaches ‘Digital Live Sound’ at Harris Institute.
Yuri Gorbachow, Director of Audio Post, has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards and has won eleven Canadian Screen, Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), Gemini and DGC Awards for ‘Best Sound Editing’ and ‘Audio Design’. He has taught ‘Audio Post Production’ and ‘Music Supervision’ at Harris Institute since 1991.
Bob Roper, Chair, Arts Management Program, has been A&R Manager at Warner/ Electra/Asylum Records, Tour Manager for Supertramp, Executive Producer of the Juno Awards, National Promotion Director at Capitol/EMI Records and manager of Gowan. He recently worked on shows by Van Morrison, Diana Krall & Bonnie Raitt.
Alumni Anne-Marie Smith oversees Confidential Records, the independent music company operated by students in the Arts Management Program. Smith teaches ‘Contracts & Negotiations’, ‘Business Management’ and ‘Leader Lab’ at Harris Institute. She was previously Creative Director at Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Canada.
Alumni Terry Sawchuk composed the music for the ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ trailer. He won the ASCAP ‘Song of the Year’ award for the #1 Billboard hit record ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ by Jake Owens, which has sold over 2.5 million copies.
Alumni Chihiro Nagamatsu is a Recording Engineer at Number 9 Studios. She is a producer/songwriter/pianist who performs live with her band The Classy Notes and she produced the successful Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Benefit Concert in Toronto.
Alumni Jamie Porter manages Stephan Moccio who co-wrote the Oscar nominated ‘Earned It’ with The Weeknd, the #1 hits ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cyrus, Grammy winning ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’, Vancouver Olympic theme song ‘I Believe’ and Celine Dion’s ‘A New Day’, that was #1 in 17 countries and won ASCAP /BMI /SOCAN Awards.